Oh what - you're telling me you have NEVER had professional pictures done of you and your significant other??? Ha. Guys, I know. This blog post will help you to know exactly what to expect so that we are both on the same page! If I have learned anything from marriage it has been how important it is to COMMUNICATE EXPECTATIONS. Ha. You're welcome.
So let's start off with things you SHOULD do. Do make sure you like my style. (Or whatever photographer you are going with). Most of my shots are candid, my editing is more moody, I like planning the shoot in good lighting (about an hour before sunset). I'm not opposed to jumping a fence, going through the mud, and if there is wind we use it to our advantage (Beyonce style).
DO wear shoes that are comfortable! I so want to get you guys on that rock in the middle of the lake - but jumping rocks in heels is never a good idea. If it's cold outside - dress warm. It will show if you are freezing.
DO set the mood right before. Planning a wedding is stressful. I know. It is so important that you and your fiancé zimzum is not off. Way's to make sure of this - be kind to each other that day. Give yourself extra time to get ready. Have a cocktail before. Give all the compliments. Don't bring up any sticky subjects that might lead to an argument. Write each other a love note and then read it on the shoot! Seriously - this is such a good idea. If you are reading this tell your fiancé that your photographer insist :) Write 3 things that you are most proud of of the other person. Or your 3 favorite things about them. Or 3 reasons why they will make the best husband/wife.
DO be present and 100% yourselves. This is not a senior picture. Or a family shoot. Many couples want to know what they should wear. I love flowy dresses for girls but if you want to wear jeans and a t-shirt then do it! If you normally don't wear makeup - then I don't recommend going to MAC and getting a makeover. But if you do and that's when you feel best, then awesome. If I say go in for a kiss. I want you to linger - look at each other, giggle, be in the moment. A lot of times I'm actually looking for that in between shot. Not the actual kiss. I'm looking for the parts of your relationship that are unique to you...which leads me into the "Dont's."
DON'T spend a ton of time on Pinterest and then show up trying to recreate an image. I know there are a ton of awesome ideas on there - but we are trying to create something new. Something unique to your love. Maybe your fiancé loves to give you kisses on the neck or he makes you tea every morning or you always walk to a certain book store. What are the quirks of your love? Think about this before the shoot.
DON'T look at the camera and smile. If I tell you to look at me and smile then great but otherwise just be natural. This is not about your connection with ME - this is about your connection with each other!
I am there for you. If you have ideas then please share - this is a collaboration. We are creating together. I will make sure to help guide you into the unposed posses. And usually the first 15 minutes or so we can just talk and hang out. It is important to be on time as I am planning around the light. If you would like to bring an outfit change that is totally fine - depending on where we are shooting. If we are going on an hour long hike it's best to just stick with one outfit or wear layers. I want you to be holding nothing (except each other's hands) while we are walking/hiking - as I am getting candids and extra bags will just get in the way. Most shoots last around an hour depending on if we are hiking or not. If they go an hour and a half that is fine. I am in no rush and please don't plan something right after that you must be at - I am never looking at the time during engagement shoots and don't want you to be worried about being late to something. Let's have fun!!! I am always up for an adventure. And can't wait to get some awesome pictures along the way!